London Tides by Carla Laureano

Photographs can be powerful. I’m a sucker for clicking on links that will take me to see the 15 scariest bridges in the world of the 50 top photos from a given year. I often think that photographs can be illuminating–showing us something in a different light or drawing attention to something that we wouldn’t otherwise see. Or in the case of the heroin in this book, showing something that offers hope where it otherwise might not be found.

**I received a copy of this book from David C. Cook and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan travels the world’s war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and colleague, Grace is shaken.

She returns to London hoping to rekindle the spark with the only man she ever loved—Scottish businessman Ian MacDonald. But he gave up his championship rowing career and dreams of Olympic gold years ago for Grace … only for her to choose career over him. Will life’s tides bring them back together … or tear them apart for good this time?

“Look at it. This moment will never happen again. All these people together in one place. Change a single thing, and it wouldn’t be this moment. Wait five minutes and everything is different. But a photo–it’s the only way you can stop time. It’s proof of a moment you can never get back.”

-Grace Brennan, London Tides

I’ve always enjoyed novels with broken characters. There is something beautiful in the rawness of their heart on the page. That rawness is a feeling that we can relate to and it brings that character alive in our imagination. Grace Brennan is one such character. I found myself hurting for her and wanting do much to see her grasp the goodness that is offered to her. She’s the kind of character that makes me enjoy a book.

I loved the unique ideas in this book and a glimpse into a profession that we don’t always see–conflict photographers. The story was riveting and well written. The one thing that I wished was different in this novel was the elements of faith. Initially in the novel the references to faith felt quite shallow. Later in the book they were deep and had an impact. What I missed was the transition for the character–any sort of realization.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I found it to be a unique and interesting story with fantastic characters.

About the Author:

Carla Laureano has held many job titles—professional marketer, small business consultant, and martial arts instructor—but writer is by far her favorite. She currently lives in Denver with her patient husband and two rambunctious sons, who know only that Mom’s work involves lots of coffee and talking to imaginary people.


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